12 Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” 13 The Pharisees replied, “You are making those claims about yourself! Such testimony is not valid.” 14 Jesus told them, “These claims are valid even though I make them about myself. For I know where I came from and where I am going, but you don’t know this about me. 15 You judge me by human standards, but I do not judge anyone. 16 And if I did, my judgment would be correct in every respect because I am not alone. The Father who sent me is with me. 17 Your own law says that if two people agree about something, their witness is accepted as fact. 18 I am one witness, and my Father who sent me is the other.” 19 “Where is your father?” they asked. Jesus answered, “Since you don’t know who I am, you don’t know who my Father is. If you knew me, you would also know my Father.” 20 Jesus made these statements while he was teaching in the section of the Temple known as the Treasury. But he was not arrested, because his time had not yet come.
Light is powerful. Once when mining on King Island in an underground mine I had cause to wait at the very bottom of the mine. I had about 30 minutes to wait. So, I thought I would do an experiment and turn my light off and see what happened to me. Well, I had never experienced such darkness in my life – it was all consuming. I tried to touch my nose – but found that after about 5 minutes of pitch darkness, where I could see absolutely nothing and my senses were deprived of stimulation, that I kept either missing my nose or that I had no spatial awareness and slammed my nose with my finger.
The sensory deprivation was palpable.
When Jesus says He is the light of the world He is talking about giving to everyone a means by which to properly understand, see and experience the world. Without Him we simply cannot, like when I turned off my miner’s lamp.
Father, help all of us to seek Your light for in it we can see and experience all things correctly and so live well before You and for Your glory.
Written by Ps. Richard Botta